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Limestone Paving

Limestone Paving

Limestone has maintained it's position as a premium stone over the years, increasing tremendously in popularity since the turn of the decade. The delicate colour palettes of limestone mean that a patio area is easy on the eye whilst still adding a splash of colour. 

It is a very good stone to work with. It cuts easily, is resilient to damages and as a result is an installers dream. If you have awkward space to work with, or want to work with a material that cuts in beautiful straight lines - then limestone is the best choice.

When being quarried, because limestone cuts so well, the surface of the stone is naturally smooth. The stone isn't polished or sawn smooth, it simply splits so naturally that the surface remains relatively smooth after being split. There is a light pitting on the surface which means the stone still looks natural, but almost always smoother than it's more commonly used alternative, sandstone. 

Why Use Limestone Paving Slabs?

Limestone is perfect for so many garden designs thanks to it's naturally smooth surface, ease of cuts and gentle natural colour palette. 

Limestone is really well suited to any outdoor style, it's simply a case of matching the most appropriate range to the design you are hoping to create. Black limestone slabs can match perfectly with a contemporary project by using a monochrome palette; a traditional yellow limestone is well suited to many traditional properties across the UK and a Blue Limestone can be suited to almost anything in between.

If you opt for Limestone slabs, you'll be able to match it in perfectly with your overall design with very little effort.

Limestone Paving Slabs vs Alternatives

The best comparison to Limestone is probably sandstone paving slabs. They both behave very similarly and have similar physical properties, so it is easy to compare the two. The main points of difference are:

  • Limestone is smooth on the surface than sandstone.
  • Limestone is more consistent in colour where sandstone has more colour variation on the surface.
  • Limestone fades more quickly than sandstone. It's largely made up of calcium molecules which bleach under UV light if left untreated.

Another alternative is slate paving slabs. Slate is quite different to sandstone and limestone in the way it behaves, but as a result is a little more durable. The main differences are:

  • Slate is formed in layers, so has a more textured surface in both colour and texture.
  • The colour of slate is more gloss and limestone is more matte.
  • Slate doesn't fade under UV light due to it's geological makeup.

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